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November 24, 2019
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Touching Lives with James Merritt

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  • James Merritt: You can make your marriage work
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  • if you don't give up.
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  • You can be a good parent, and you can do your best
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  • to raise good children if you don't give up.
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  • You can follow Jesus, you can serve God, you can be a blessing
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  • to others until you draw your last breath
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  • if you don't give up.
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  • they need him, this is Touching Lives with James Merritt.
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  • James Merritt: We've been in a series we've been calling
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  • Free at Last in case you're just now catching up.
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  • And here's basically what we've been saying as we've worked our
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  • way through this little book.
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  • Real freedom is not when you get to a point in life where you can
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  • do whatever you want to do.
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  • Real freedom is when you give your life to doing what God
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  • wants you to do.
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  • Now, before I get into how Paul advises us how to make sure we
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  • don't waste our life, I want you to keep in mind that the guy
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  • that wrote these words was beaten, stoned, shipwrecked,
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  • often without food or shelter, was robbed more than once,
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  • and at the end for all of his work, got his head cut off.
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  • And he endured all of it for one reason.
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  • He said I don't know about you, but I'll tell you about me.
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  • I am not going to waste my life.
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  • And so then he gives some tremendous advice to these same
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  • believers in Galatia on how to make sure that they would
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  • live a life that would be a worthwhile life, and not
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  • a wasted life.
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  • As you get older, you realize two things are true about life.
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  • Number one, it's very fragile, it can be gone like that.
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  • And number two, it's quick, it's short, it doesn't last
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  • very long.
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  • Now, knowing those two things are true, why would anybody
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  • waste their life?
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  • Why wouldn't anybody want to say look, I'm only gonna go
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  • around once, and I'm not gonna be here very long and it could
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  • end at any moment.
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  • I want to make my life really count.
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  • You'd say yeah, that's me.
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  • How do I do it?
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  • Paul says okay, let me give you three pieces of advice.
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  • Number one: Don't be deceived.
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  • You will reap what you sow.
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  • Now, Paul begins with an analogy that everybody back in that day
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  • would have recognized, because, unlike our society today, which
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  • is an information, technological society, their society was
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  • an agrarian, agricultural society.
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  • So Paul begins with these words, "Do not be deceived.
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  • God cannot be mocked.
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  • A man reaps what he sows."
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  • Now, what Paul does for us is simply give us a truth
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  • about the way the world works and the way life works.
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  • And we all know that, that's the way life is.
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  • What you reap, you sow.
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  • What you sow, you reap.
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  • It's a universal law that's true in every area of your life.
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  • For example, it's true in the material world,
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  • we know that.
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  • Ask any farmer.
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  • You sow a little, you're gonna reap a little.
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  • Sow a lot, you're gonna reap a lot.
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  • You sow seed, you'll reap a harvest, you'll go a harvest.
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  • If there's no seed, there'll be no harvest.
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  • In other words, for every action there is a reaction.
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  • Well, that's not just true in the material area of life, we
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  • also learn sometimes the hard way that's true in the moral
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  • area of life.
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  • Because when Paul talked about sowing, he was referring
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  • to our conduct, to the way that we live.
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  • And when he was talking about reaping, he was talking
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  • about the consequences, what happens, what you reap when you
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  • sow a certain kind of lifestyle.
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  • So, some of us have learned the hard way, if you sow wild
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  • oats, you're not gonna reap strawberries.
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  • The scripture says if you sow the wind, you're going to reap
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  • the whirlwind.
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  • You reap what you sow.
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  • A great example is the racial problem we have in our country.
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  • Back in the beginning of the republic, as we now know,
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  • we sadly enough sowed the seeds of slavery.
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  • So what did we reap?
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  • Racism, racial animosity, racial division, racial distrust,
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  • racial tension, and we shouldn't be surprised, you know why?
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  • Because we reap what we sow.
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  • It is true materially.
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  • It is true spiritually.
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  • That's why Paul begins with a warning you would think
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  • he wouldn't have to give.
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  • He says, "Don't be deceived."
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  • Now, you might think well, everybody kind of knows that.
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  • Well, they really don't, 'cause there are a lot of people who
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  • are deceived.
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  • 'Cause there are people out all over the world that really think
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  • I can lie and get away with it.
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  • I can steal and get away with it.
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  • I can cheat and get away with it.
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  • I can commit adultery and get away with it.
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  • I can even kill and I can get away with it.
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  • They actually believe I can do whatever I want to do
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  • without any consequences, and there's a simple reason why
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  • we ought to know that's not true.
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  • There's a simple reason why we oughtta know nobody ever gets
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  • away with it.
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  • Nobody ever has gotten away with it.
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  • Nobody ever will get away with it.
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  • And you say, well, how do you know that?
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  • Because of what Paul says next.
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  • He says, "Do not be deceived.
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  • God cannot be mocked."
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  • That word mocked, that's the only only time that word's
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  • ever used in the New Testament is right there in that verse.
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  • And it comes from a root word that literally means nose.
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  • And what it literally says is, it means to thumb your nose
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  • at somebody.
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  • In other words, what Paul is saying is you can't thumb your
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  • nose at God.
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  • God makes sure that you're gonna reap what you sow.
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  • You know the old saying, you can fool all the people some
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  • of the time.
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  • You can fool some of the people all the time.
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  • Paul says that may be true, you can't fool God any of the time.
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  • Whatever you sow, you are going through reap.
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  • God has put a law into the universe that never,
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  • ever failed.
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  • You know, there are certain laws you can break, right?
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  • So, the speed limit is 55, all right 65, all right 70.
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  • All right, I've told you this before, I'm making a confession.
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  • I break the law every single day.
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  • I set my speedometer at 10 miles an hour over and that's what I
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  • do, 'cause I've been told and so far it's worked out.
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  • Thank you Lord.
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  • Hadn't got a ticket yet, okay?
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  • There are certain laws you can break.
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  • There's certain laws you can't break.
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  • Example: jump off the Empire State building.
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  • You will demonstrate the law of gravity;
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  • you ain't going to break it.
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  • There's another law you won't break.
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  • You will reap what you sow.
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  • What you sow, you will reap.
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  • Now, one reason why people don't really believe this law, the one
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  • reason why people think they could beat it is because they
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  • don't realize that often you reap later than you sow.
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  • See, so there are people out there today, they'll do
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  • something wrong and they think, well, I got away with it today,
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  • maybe I can get away with it tomorrow.
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  • Well, tomorrow comes and guess what?
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  • They get away with it tomorrow.
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  • So they get away with it tomorrow, and they think, well
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  • hey, maybe I can get away with it forever.
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  • The wisest man who ever lived made this observation.
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  • He said, "When the sentence for a crime is not quickly
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  • carried out, people's hearts are filled with schemes
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  • to do wrong."
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  • In other words, here's what Solomon said.
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  • When you do something and you get away with it, or you think
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  • you get away with it, you think wow.
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  • If I can do that and get away with it, maybe I can do this
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  • and get away with it.
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  • And if I do this and get away with it, maybe I can do this
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  • and get away with it.
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  • And look, let me just be honest.
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  • There are all kinds of people out there, you know them and I
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  • know them.
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  • They're living these lifestyles that are wrong, they're wicked,
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  • they're ungodly, and you know they're living wicked,
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  • ungodly lives.
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  • And yet you look at them, and they seem to be emotionally
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  • and psychologically stable.
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  • They're physically healthy.
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  • In many cases they're extremely wealthy.
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  • And you kinda find yourself scratching your head going
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  • wait a minute.
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  • What about what my mama always said?
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  • What goes around comes around.
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  • What about that?
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  • Well, here's what Paul says.
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  • What goes around does come around.
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  • It just doesn't always come around immediately.
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  • Because when Paul says you reap what you sow, he doesn't give
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  • a timeline.
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  • He's simply giving a truth.
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  • He doesn't tell us when we will reap.
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  • He just tells us we will reap.
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  • I love the story: there were two men that lived next door
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  • to each other.
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  • Really good illustration of this text.
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  • There are two men that lived next door to each other, they
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  • both own big farms.
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  • One guy, he was a Christian, loved the Lord,
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  • went to church, faithful.
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  • Another guy, secular atheist, hated church, hated religion,
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  • hated the thought of God, and even though they were
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  • friends, he would always always kinda gigging this Christian
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  • and making fun of his Christian and mocking this Christian.
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  • "Well, one day, he came to him and he said, Hey,
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  • I've got an idea.
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  • You believe in God and I don't.
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  • Here's, I got an idea.
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  • Let's test something."
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  • "What do you want to do?"
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  • He's, "Alright, this spring, let's have an agreement.
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  • We're gonna plant the same number of acres.
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  • We're gonna plant the same amount of seed.
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  • You are going to pray to God all through the summer, I'm gonna
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  • curse God all through the summer, and then
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  • let's see in the fall who has the biggest harvest."
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  • Christian said fine.
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  • Well, guess what?
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  • Harvest came.
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  • October comes around, they harvest.
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  • They compare notes.
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  • Guess who had the bigger crop?
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  • The atheist.
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  • So he's looking at his friend who's a Christian.
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  • He starts laughing at him, making fun of him, mocking him.
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  • He said, "You are such a fool."
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  • He said, "Now, what do you have to say about this God that you
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  • believe in?"
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  • And the Christian just smiled and said, "Well, the God that I
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  • believe in doesn't settle all of his accounts in October."
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  • You reap what you sow.
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  • You reap later than you sow.
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  • But it's worse than that, or better.
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  • You reap more than you sow.
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  • You remember this well-worn saying?
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  • I learned this when I was in school.
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  • If you sow a thought, you reap an act.
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  • You sow an act, you reap a habit.
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  • You sow a habit, you reap a character.
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  • You sow a character, you reap a destiny.
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  • But it all begins with just one little seed of a thought.
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  • You sow one thought.
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  • If it's the wrong thought, you reap a wrong destiny.
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  • If it's the right thought, you can reap a right destiny.
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  • And Paul points out that this law is not just true materially,
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  • it's not just true morally, it is true spiritually.
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  • So he goes on to say this,
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  • "Whoever sows to please their flesh--"
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  • that is their sinful nature--
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  • "From the flesh will reap destruction.
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  • But whoever sows to please the spirit--"
  • 00:10:40.100 --> 00:10:42.090
  • that is the Holy spirit--
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  • "from the spirit will reap eternal life."
  • 00:10:43.290 --> 00:10:47.060
  • Now, you're talking about reaping more than you sow.
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  • Here's what Paul said.
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  • So you decide to live life your way.
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  • You reject God's way for life.
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  • You reject God's will for your life.
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  • You reject what God wants for your life, and you refuse
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  • to accept his son Jesus Christ into your life.
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  • He said that's okay.
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  • Just understand you won't reap 30 days in jail.
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  • You won't reap a $500 fine.
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  • You will reap destruction.
  • 00:11:09.200 --> 00:11:12.170
  • And that word destruction refers to an eternal separation
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  • from God.
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  • You reap more than you sow.
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  • However, Paul said, you choose to receive Jesus.
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  • You choose to accept God's will for your life.
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  • You choose to reproduce a godly life.
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  • He said at the end of your life, you don't just get a gold watch,
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  • you don't just get a plaque.
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  • You get eternal life.
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  • You get a life forever with God.
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  • That's why every decision you make in your life is
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  • so important, and here's why.
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  • Every decision is a seed.
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  • Every decision is a seed.
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  • If you sow the seeds of good decisions, you're gonna reap
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  • good things.
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  • If you sow the seeds of bad decisions, you're going to reap
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  • bad things.
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  • If your finances are in a mess and some of you, your finances
  • 00:11:55.040 --> 00:11:57.270
  • are a mess.
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  • You know why?
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  • You reap what you sow.
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  • You've sown bad financial decisions, so you reap bad
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  • financial results.
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  • By the way, that's true both positively and negatively.
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  • I'm gonna give you a little secret.
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  • I've learned the way to get what you need from other people,
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  • is to give other people what they need.
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  • That's the way God works.
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  • So for example.
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  • Would you like to have more friends?
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  • Just sure.
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  • Then sow the seed of friendship.
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  • Would you like people to be kind to you?
  • 00:12:30.230 --> 00:12:32.280
  • Then you sow the seed of kindness in them.
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  • You want to be loved by other people?
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  • Then you sow the seed of love in them.
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  • Author Stephen Covey summed it up perfectly when he said this.
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  • He said, "Did you ever consider how ridiculous it would be
  • 00:12:43.190 --> 00:12:45.290
  • to try to cram on a farm?
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  • To forget to plant in spring or play all summer and cram
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  • in the fall to begin the harvest?"
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  • He said, "The farm is a natural system.
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  • The price must be paid and the process followed.
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  • You always reap what you sow.
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  • There is no shortcut."
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  • Teach your kids, and teach your grandkids, don't be deceived.
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  • You reap what you sow.
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  • You don't wanna live a wasted life?
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  • Just remember, what you sow, you reap.
  • 00:13:14.250 --> 00:13:17.200
  • Then he says the second thing.
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  • He says don't be discouraged.
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  • You will be rewarded when you serve.
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  • Don't be discouraged, you will be rewarded when you serve.
  • 00:13:25.140 --> 00:13:28.150
  • Now, Paul gives a great word of encouragement that has to be
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  • true, because remember, the law of the harvest has never been
  • 00:13:31.170 --> 00:13:34.260
  • broken.
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  • You cannot break the law of the harvest.
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  • So Paul says this, "Let us not become weary in doing good,
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  • for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we
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  • do not give up."
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  • Are you willing to keep walking in the dark even when you can't
  • 00:13:51.190 --> 00:13:54.230
  • see any light?
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  • Are you willing to continue to stand when you just want
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  • to sit down?
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  • Are you willing to stay when you really want to leave?
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  • Are you willing to enlist when you really want to quit?
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  • And that will only happen if you believe one thing, and you've
  • 00:14:12.050 --> 00:14:14.270
  • got to keep believing this.
  • 00:14:14.280 --> 00:14:16.080
  • Paul said, "For at the proper time we will reap a harvest."
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  • Paul said it's not that you may reap a harvest or you can reap
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  • a harvest or you should reap a harvest or you could reap
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  • a harvest, he says you will reap a harvest, because God has given
  • 00:14:29.040 --> 00:14:34.180
  • his own word that you will reap a harvest if you
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  • just don't give up.
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  • Someone wrote these words.
  • 00:14:41.230 --> 00:14:43.030
  • I love this.
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  • It's not easy to apologize, to be unselfish, to take advice,
  • 00:14:44.140 --> 00:14:50.140
  • to admit error, to be charitable, to keep on trying,
  • 00:14:51.060 --> 00:14:57.060
  • to be considerate, to endure failure, to profit by mistakes,
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  • to forgive and forget, to make the best of little, to subdue
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  • an unruly temper, to shoulder a deserved blame, to recognize
  • 00:15:09.000 --> 00:15:14.070
  • the silver lining, to stay the course, but it always pays:
  • 00:15:14.080 --> 00:15:20.070
  • try it.
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  • Paul said you will reap at the proper time.
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  • Literally says in its own time.
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  • And here's what Paul said.
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:30.030
  • When the time is right, you'll reap a harvest.
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  • You say, okay, can I ask you a question?
  • 00:15:34.150 --> 00:15:36.020
  • Sure.
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  • So, when is the time right?
  • 00:15:37.140 --> 00:15:38.230
  • That's easy.
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  • When God says it is.
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  • Your harvest doesn't come on your clock,
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  • it comes on God's clock.
  • 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:46.010
  • What matters is not your time, but God's timing.
  • 00:15:46.020 --> 00:15:48.210
  • And here's the wonderful news.
  • 00:15:48.220 --> 00:15:50.020
  • With God, your harvest will never come in early, but it will
  • 00:15:50.030 --> 00:15:53.110
  • never come in late, it will always be right on time.
  • 00:15:53.120 --> 00:15:56.200
  • That's why I want you to understand: the law
  • 00:15:56.210 --> 00:15:58.220
  • of the harvest is not meant to discourage us, it's meant
  • 00:15:58.230 --> 00:16:01.100
  • to encourage us.
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  • Paul says, look, there is a return on the investment
  • 00:16:02.210 --> 00:16:05.110
  • of serving.
  • 00:16:05.120 --> 00:16:06.220
  • So keep serving, keep doing good, keep working for God,
  • 00:16:06.230 --> 00:16:09.280
  • because you will reap under one condition, if--and it's a big
  • 00:16:09.290 --> 00:16:15.290
  • if--we do not give up.
  • 00:16:17.080 --> 00:16:20.120
  • To put it bluntly, Paul says you'll reap if you don't throw
  • 00:16:20.130 --> 00:16:26.120
  • in the towel and quit.
  • 00:16:27.140 --> 00:16:32.020
  • And let me tell you something, if I had $100 for every Monday
  • 00:16:32.030 --> 00:16:36.200
  • morning I wanted to quit in the last 40 years, I'd be
  • 00:16:36.210 --> 00:16:39.000
  • a millionaire.
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  • You just don't know.
  • 00:16:40.190 --> 00:16:41.280
  • You really, seriously, you just don't have any idea.
  • 00:16:41.290 --> 00:16:45.270
  • I mean, think about it.
  • 00:16:45.280 --> 00:16:48.110
  • How many of you get anonymous letters?
  • 00:16:48.120 --> 00:16:53.220
  • Can I give you a universal law?
  • 00:16:53.230 --> 00:16:55.020
  • Another law that's never broken?
  • 00:16:55.030 --> 00:16:56.130
  • I've never gotten an encouraging anonymous letter.
  • 00:16:56.140 --> 00:17:02.150
  • So let's get practical, shall we?
  • 00:17:05.190 --> 00:17:11.190
  • You can make your marriage work if you don't give up.
  • 00:17:12.050 --> 00:17:18.050
  • You can be a good parent and you can do your best to raise good
  • 00:17:18.170 --> 00:17:23.060
  • children if you don't give up.
  • 00:17:23.070 --> 00:17:27.030
  • You can follow Jesus, you can serve God, you can be a blessing
  • 00:17:27.040 --> 00:17:32.190
  • to others until you draw your last breath if you
  • 00:17:32.200 --> 00:17:35.230
  • don't give up.
  • 00:17:35.240 --> 00:17:39.160
  • I'm a student--I don't know if you are or not.
  • 00:17:39.170 --> 00:17:41.180
  • I love to do word studies, you know what i mean?
  • 00:17:41.190 --> 00:17:43.020
  • I like to know were words come from, okay?
  • 00:17:43.030 --> 00:17:45.140
  • Like, you know this will be interesting to me.
  • 00:17:45.150 --> 00:17:48.190
  • I learned--I didn't know this, the word hippopotamus comes
  • 00:17:48.200 --> 00:17:53.040
  • from two Greek words.
  • 00:17:53.050 --> 00:17:54.140
  • I didn't know this til the other day.
  • 00:17:54.150 --> 00:17:56.050
  • This is why you pay me to do what I do.
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  • You wouldn't know this if I didn't tell you.
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  • The word hippo, in the Greek language means horse.
  • 00:18:00.280 --> 00:18:04.200
  • The word potomus, in the Greek language means river.
  • 00:18:04.210 --> 00:18:08.020
  • A hippopotamus literally is a river horse.
  • 00:18:08.030 --> 00:18:11.040
  • Isn't that exciting?
  • 00:18:11.050 --> 00:18:12.140
  • Look excited.
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  • Ain't that something?
  • 00:18:13.260 --> 00:18:15.050
  • That's awesome.
  • 00:18:15.060 --> 00:18:16.160
  • Now, listen, listen, I was reading the other day,
  • 00:18:16.170 --> 00:18:18.100
  • studying for this sermon.
  • 00:18:18.110 --> 00:18:19.210
  • You ever heard the word mediocre?
  • 00:18:19.220 --> 00:18:21.010
  • Nobody wants to be mediocre, right?
  • 00:18:21.020 --> 00:18:22.120
  • Just run of the mill, average.
  • 00:18:22.130 --> 00:18:23.220
  • Do you know what the word mediocre comes from?
  • 00:18:23.230 --> 00:18:25.030
  • This is fascinating to me.
  • 00:18:25.040 --> 00:18:27.030
  • The word mediocre was first used to describe mountain climbers
  • 00:18:27.040 --> 00:18:30.100
  • or rock climbers who never made it to the top.
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  • In other words, the word literally means mediocre.
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  • Listen to what it says.
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  • It means middle of the rock.
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:39.240
  • It was used to describe climbers who started, stopped halfway,
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:44.030
  • didn't finish the climb, never got to the top, and lost
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  • the reward of making it all the way to the finish.
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  • Mediocre!
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  • Paul said don't live a mediocre life.
  • 00:18:52.000 --> 00:18:54.170
  • Listen, the biggest danger of serving in ministry is
  • 00:18:54.180 --> 00:18:58.030
  • discouragement, but the biggest defeat is quitting.
  • 00:18:58.040 --> 00:19:01.270
  • And what Paul said was what we've all heard, what we all
  • 00:19:01.280 --> 00:19:04.130
  • know it's true: you can finish this.
  • 00:19:04.140 --> 00:19:06.020
  • Winners never?
  • 00:19:06.030 --> 00:19:08.160
  • And quitters never?
  • 00:19:08.170 --> 00:19:10.200
  • That's what Paul said.
  • 00:19:10.210 --> 00:19:12.010
  • Winners never quit, quitters never win.
  • 00:19:12.020 --> 00:19:13.290
  • He said, listen, don't be discouraged.
  • 00:19:14.000 --> 00:19:17.010
  • Don't be discouraged.
  • 00:19:17.020 --> 00:19:18.120
  • Wherever you're serving the Lord, don't be discouraged.
  • 00:19:18.130 --> 00:19:19.220
  • You will be rewarded when you serve.
  • 00:19:19.230 --> 00:19:22.250
  • Then he says one last thing.
  • 00:19:22.260 --> 00:19:25.190
  • Don't be disinterested.
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  • You will rejoice where you share.
  • 00:19:28.040 --> 00:19:32.080
  • Now, here's what Paul does.
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  • I love the way he ends this.
  • 00:19:33.190 --> 00:19:34.280
  • He gives this beautifully gift-wrapped box containing all
  • 00:19:34.290 --> 00:19:37.280
  • this great advice on how to live a life worth living, how to make
  • 00:19:37.290 --> 00:19:40.270
  • sure you don't waste your life, and then he ties it up with this
  • 00:19:40.280 --> 00:19:43.240
  • beautiful bow.
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  • Listen to what he says, "Therefore--"
  • 00:19:45.050 --> 00:19:47.040
  • One of the most important words in the Bible.
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  • I always ask the question, what's that therefore there for.
  • 00:19:48.210 --> 00:19:51.000
  • Always ask that question, right?
  • 00:19:51.010 --> 00:19:52.100
  • Alright, therefore, therefore he says in light of the fact that
  • 00:19:52.110 --> 00:19:55.200
  • you'll reap what you sow, in light of the fact you'll
  • 00:19:55.210 --> 00:19:58.130
  • always be rewarded when you serve, in light of that fact,
  • 00:19:58.140 --> 00:20:01.170
  • "as we have opportunity, let's do good to all people,
  • 00:20:01.180 --> 00:20:05.110
  • especially those who belong to the family of believers."
  • 00:20:05.120 --> 00:20:11.140
  • Now, that word for opportunity-- you wouldn't know this--
  • 00:20:11.150 --> 00:20:13.180
  • it's the Greek word kairos, and it literally means time.
  • 00:20:13.190 --> 00:20:17.170
  • What it literally says is as we have time, do good.
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  • Now, you know what time is?
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  • If I have to say to you, what is time?
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  • You would say, oh yeah, I know what time is.
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  • It's seconds and it's minutes and it's hours and it's days
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  • and months, weeks, and it's months and as years.
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  • That's not what time is.
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  • That's how time goes, that's not what time is.
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  • You know what time is?
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  • Opportunity.
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  • Time is opportunity.
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  • That's what life is.
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  • Every day life gives us opportunities to sow good seeds,
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  • to serve other people, to share healing with the hurting,
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  • to give help for the fallen, to give hope for the depressed.
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  • Time is short, opportunity knocks, and what Paul is saying
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  • is every time you hear opportunity knock on your door,
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  • you take it!
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  • Because there are four things that never come back: the spoken
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  • word, the spent arrow, time past, and the neglected
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  • opportunity.
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  • And what Paul says, listen, every day, some way, somehow,
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  • God's going to drop in your lap an opportunity to do good
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  • for somebody.
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  • He says when that opportunity comes, don't miss it, don't blow
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  • it, don't ignore it, not only do you do that good but you do it
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  • so it is good.
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  • 'Cause you will finally know you've arrived in life when you
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  • finally realize the greatest blessings in life are not
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  • the good things that people do for you, the greatest things
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  • in life are the good things you do for other people.
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  • Paul said and when you do, you will reap a reward.
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  • So let me just kinda wrap this up, 'cause I don't want you
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  • to misunderstand what I'm saying.
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  • It is okay to have hobbies, it is wonderful if God has
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  • so blessed you.
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  • If you've got a house on the lake, wonderful.
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  • If you've got a boat in the lake with that house,
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  • that's wonderful.
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  • If you get to travel and see the world, that's fantastic.
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  • Nothing wrong with that.
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  • I'm not a killjoy.
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  • God's given us all things richly to enjoy.
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  • But this is the thing I want you to hear.
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  • This is my little--okay, this is my little cute way of putting
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  • it.
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  • I try to think of one every sermon.
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  • Don't make the hobby of your life the lobby of your life.
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  • It's okay to have things and do things.
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  • Don't center your life on those things.
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  • Life is too short.
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  • Jesus himself said, "I didn't leave heaven and come to Earth
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  • so I could just enjoy all the good things of life.
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  • I didn't leave heaven and come to earth so you would serve me.
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  • I left heaven and came to earth so I could serve you."
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  • Jesus doesn't save us to be served, he saves us to serve.
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  • So this is my plea, this is my encouragement, this is my
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  • exhortation, this is everything I've got in my heart, 'cause my
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  • runway's getting thinner every day, getting shorter every day,
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  • and yours will too.
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  • For God sakes, don't waste your life.
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  • Don't ever quit serving the Lord.
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  • Don't ever quit sowing the seeds of goodness.
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  • Don't ever quit serving when and where you can.
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  • Don't ever quit sharing what you have that others need.
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  • That's why I tell people all the time, think about it, think
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  • about this.
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  • Just in a simple thing like giving an offering to God's
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  • work, you will never get to do that again the moment
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  • you die, never!
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  • This is your one shot.
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  • This is your one chance to say, God, I so believe that you honor
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  • your word.
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  • I so believe that you keep your promise.
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  • I so believe that I reap what I sow, I gladly give you a tithe
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  • my income, 'cause I know I'll be rewarded.
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  • I know it will have blessings far beyond me, and I know it's
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  • far better to be a blessing than to be blessed, because
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  • the greatest blessing you'll have is when
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  • you bless somebody else.
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  • So, God, I'm in it.
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  • So I beg you in the name of Jesus, don't waste your life.
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  • 'Cause my goal for you--can I tell you what my goal is
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  • for every one of you one day?
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  • 'Cause one day I'm going to give an account.
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  • I'm going a little bit over it, 'cause I'm going on vacation.
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  • 'Cause I'm emptying my clip.
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  • Can I tell you what my goal is for every one of you?
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  • I have one goal, just one.
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  • 'Cause it's the same goal I have for me.
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  • You will know beyond a shadow of a doubt when your life is
  • 00:24:53.210 --> 00:24:58.060
  • over that you didn't live a wasted life if you hear
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  • the one that gave you your life say just one thing: "Well done
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  • good and faithful servant."
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  • And it won't be about a softball swing, and it won't be
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  • about seashells, and it won't be about boats and IRAs and pension
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  • plans, here's what it will be about: Did you take every
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  • opportunity you could when you could to be sent, to serve,
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  • to share?
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  • You will reap if you just don't give up.
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  • James Merritt: As I said in today's message, my one piece
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  • of advice to anyone is to not waste your life.
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  • Paul says this advice very clearly in Galatians chapter 6
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  • as he challenges us not to live a wasted life,
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  • but a worthwhile life.
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  • We're to make our lives count by serving others and sharing
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  • our faith, and the greatest blessings of life are not when
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  • someone does good for you, but when you do good
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  • for someone else.
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  • So with that in mind, find somebody to bless this week.
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  • Find somebody to do good to this week, and I promise you you'll
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  • be the one that's blessed.
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  • So I'll see you again right here next week on Touching Lives.
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